How to format your references using the Nature Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Cell Biology. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
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Chakravarti, A. Obituary: Victor Almon McKusick (1921-2008). Nature 455, 46 (2008).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Hotchkiss, R. S. & Sherwood, E. R. Immunology. Getting sepsis therapy right. Science 347, 1201–1202 (2015).
A journal article with 3 authors
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Shatzkes, K., Teferedegne, B. & Murata, H. A simple, inexpensive method for preparing cell lysates suitable for downstream reverse transcription quantitative PCR. Sci. Rep. 4, 4659 (2014).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Galbraith, E. D. et al. Carbon dioxide release from the North Pacific abyss during the last deglaciation. Nature 449, 890–893 (2007).

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
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Xing, B., Vecitis, C. D. & Senesi, N. Engineered Nanoparticles and the Environment: Biophysicochemical Processes and Toxicity. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016).
An edited book
1.
Self-studies in Rural Teacher Education. 14, (Springer International Publishing, 2016).
A chapter in an edited book
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Cho, J. M. Count Hermann Keyserling’s View of Japan. in Transnational Encounters between Germany and Japan: Perceptions of Partnership in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (eds. Cho, J. M., Roberts, L. M. & Spang, C. W.) 53–70 (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016).

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Nature Cell Biology.

Blog post
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Andrews, R. UK Solar Panels Produced More Energy Than Coal For An Unprecedented Six Months. IFLScience (2016). Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/uk-solar-panels-produced-more-energy-coal-unprecedented-six-months/. (Accessed: 30th October 2018)

Reports

This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
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Government Accountability Office. Efforts To Improve School Lunch Programs--Are They Paying Off? (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1981).

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
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Clater, M. J. Interposed between God and man: Agency in the Requiems of Berlioz and Fauré. (Indiana University, 2009).

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
1.
Kenigsberg, B. Boris Without Beatrice. New York Times C7 (2017).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleNature Cell Biology
AbbreviationNat. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)1465-7392
ISSN (online)1476-4679
ScopeCell Biology

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